You may have heard that Mac computers are immune from malware threats. And that they have an in-built system to stop all forms of viruses, spyware and Trojan threats. There is some truth to this; and especially when compared to Windows computers, Macs are far less vulnerable to malware threats.
However, recent news has shown the opposite to be quite true. Even Apple released a statement back in December 2008 stating that all its customers should get antivirus software. This is no surprise considering the new strains of malware that are capable of infecting Mac systems. And the thousands of Mac users who've fallen prey to hackers and sophisticated malware threats.
As a Mac user, antivirus software may be a new concept to you and finding the right one could be a confusing task. But this need not be, because all the major programs now have Mac antivirus software. And the top 5 antivirus programs for Mac are:
Like its Windows counterpart, BitDefender Antivirus for Mac is powerful, flexible and easy to use. It's completely capable of protecting your Mac OS X from all forms of malicious software threats.
One of its impressive features is the integrated scheduler which allows you to run scans at specific times and provides flexibility. It also has a feature that allows you to drag and drop files to be scanned, meaning more effective malware removal. But BitDefender doesn't have extensive history logging which some users may find necessary.
Overall, BitDefender for Macintosh is a top program and our first choice for protection.
Kaspersky Antivirus for Mac is a powerful and flexible security program. Unfortunately, it only works with Intel-based Macs and doesn't have a program for dual-boot protection. But overall it's a highly effective program and is as good as its Windows antivirus scanner.
It has many good features and one of them is iSwift technology. This feature reduces scan times by scanning only files that have changed since the last scan. So it saves your resources and completes its scans faster.
3. Symantec Norton
Norton Antivirus for Mac is one of the best protection performers. And its features are easy to use and protect your Mac from vulnerabilities.
The one weakness we've found with it however is that it doesn't have some features that the Windows version has. But some of them aren't really needed because the Mac is not as vulnerable.
One of its impressive features is the dashboard widget which displays a list of the newest detected security threats. So it helps you keep an eye on certain threats and you can get more information about them by clicking their links in the gadget. You will also want to familiarise yourself with the powerful scheduler which is equipped to run automatically and allows you to run extra manual scans too.
McAfee over the years has fallen behind other antivirus programs. And its Windows version is still lacking some crucial features and has false positive issues (flagging genuine files as malware).
However, the Mac version is one of the best in the industry and doesn't need many of the missing features. One good feature it has though is the multiple on-demand scan you can run. It's a powerful feature that ensures your Mac OS X is free of malware threats. It also has a quarantine section where detected threats are stored and from there you can deal with them accordingly.
Avast Mac Edition is a decent addition to the Mac antivirus software field. It has a unique user interface and has a good antivirus scanner. But Avast is disappointing in many areas and some of its features are a bit confusing and don't seem to work as intended. But Avast is a pretty flexible program and you won't have much trouble using it.
With one of these antivirus programs, you won't have problems protecting your Mac. You will also get assistance from the antivirus team in the form of technical support. And both new and traditional threats will be easily detected, blocked and removed.